1. Columbus

Record: 14-6-5. Was: 1. Note: Even with Guillermo Barros Schelotto out, Crew still playing well. Next: at New England, Saturday.

2. Houston

Record: 10-5-9. Was: 2. Note: The Dynamo got a bit of a rest due to the hurricane hitting Houston. Next: at Toronto, Saturday.

3. New England

Record: 12-7-6. Was: 4. Note: Revs picked up the draw on the road. All a team can ask. Next: vs. Colorado, Saturday.

4. Chicago

Record: 12-7-5. Was: 2. Note: Are the Fire beginning to be doused? A bad loss against Dallas. Next: vs. Los Angeles, Thursday.

5. New York

Record: 9-8-8. Was: 5. Note: Angel continues to amaze with his scoring pace. His free kick was beautiful. Next: vs. Colorado, Saturday.

6. Chivas

Record: 9-10-6. Was: 8. Note: The Goats ended Real's unbeaten streak at home, now in second place in West. Next: vs. Kansas City, Saturday.

7. DC United

Record: 10-12-3. Was: 7. Note: Were the five goals given up in L.A. and aberration or is defense cracking? Next: at FC Dallas, Sunday.

8. Colorado

Record: 9-12-4. Was: 12. Note: The Rapids are right in the thick of the playoff race after going 2-0-1 in last three. Next: at New York, Saturday.

9. San Jose

Record: 7-9-8. Was: 9. Note: The Quakes got an unexpected week off to get ready for a playoff push. Next: vs. Real Salt Lake, Saturday.

10. Real Salt Lake

Record: 8-10-7. Was: 6. Note: With the home mystique broken, can this club win on the road? Next: at San Jose, Saturday.

11. FC Dallas

Record: 7-9-9. Was: 11. Note: A four-goal performance against Chicago could have Dallas playing with confidence. Next: vs. DC United, Saturday.

12. Los Angeles

Record: 7-10-8. Was: 14. Note: With Donovan and Beckham back, it isn't too late for a playoff push. Next: at Chicago, Thursday.

13. Kansas City

Record: 8-9-8. Was: 13. Note: The Wizards have quietly won eight games so far and have 32 points. Next: at Chivas, Saturday.

14. Toronto FC

Record: 7-12-6. Was: 14. Note: The club is struggling to score goals and is fading fast from contention. Next: vs. Houston, Saturday.